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Microwave Cheesy Chicken Nachos

This recipe for microwave nachos is easy, versatile, and takes only fifteen minutes. These delicious microwave cheesy chicken nachos are packed with flavorful chicken and green chiles and overflowing with layers of melted Mexican cheese. But the real beauty of this easy-to-make microwave nachos recipe is how many ways you can customize it. Switch up the meat, go for spicy cheese instead of classic, add diced avocados or try adding as many flavor-packed toppings as you can think of!
Prep 10 Minutes
Total Time 15 Minutes
Servings 4

Ingredient List

  • 4 cups tortilla chips
  • 1 package (8 oz) shredded Mexican cheese blend (2 cups)
  • 1 cup shredded deli rotisserie chicken
  • 1/2 cup from 1 can (10 oz) Old El Paso™ Mild Red Enchilada Sauce
  • 1 can (4 oz) Old El Paso™ Chopped Green Chiles
  • Nacho toppings, as desired (shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, diced avocado, sliced ripe olives, chopped fresh cilantro leaves, sour cream and/or salsa)
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  1. On large microwavable plate, arrange tortilla chips in single layer. Sprinkle evenly with 1 cup of the cheese.
  2. In medium bowl, mix chicken and enchilada sauce. Spread evenly over cheese layer. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup of the cheese. Top with green chiles. Top with remaining 1/2 cup cheese.
  3. Microwave uncovered on High 3 to 5 minutes or until chicken is heated through and cheese is melted. Top with nacho toppings.

Expert Tips

  • Make it your own! Use other shredded meats, like pork tenderloin or pot roast in place of the chicken.
  • Top with fried eggs, cooked sausage and salsa for an easy riff on huevos rancheros.


  • 1 Serving Calories 450 (Calories from Fat 240);  Total Fat 27g (Saturated Fat 12g ,Trans Fat 1/2g);  Cholesterol 85mg;  Sodium 730mg;  Potassium 220mg;  Total Carbohydrate 26g (Dietary Fiber 2g ,Sugars 2g);  Protein 25g
  • % Daily Value: Vitamin A 10%;  Vitamin C 8%;  Calcium 40%;  Iron 8%
  • Exchanges: 1 1/2 Starch;  1 1/2 Very Lean Meat;  1 1/2 High-Fat Meat;  2 1/2 Fat
  • Carbohydrate Choice: 2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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